Daddy’s top 5 walks in Cape Town

Daddy’s Top 5 Walks:

May is definitely the best month to get out and explore the natural beauty Cape Town has to offer. The weather is all about cool crisp mornings and sunny warm days, with little or no wind! Getting to see beautiful scenery and a diverse range of plants and animals does not mean you have to walk for miles or be an experienced hiker. Below are our 5 favourite walks that everyone can enjoy from toddler to granny, that also ensure you get to see and experience the best this beautiful city of ours has to offer!

Sea Point promenade

From Granger Bay to Seacliff Road in Bantry bay this walk is about 5.5km. The route is flat but has the most beautiful views of the ocean. Look out for dolphins, seals and the whales (in season). There are plenty of places to eat and drink along the way but Newport Deli near the lighthouse is by far the best, with a range of freshly baked goods daily to get those mouths watering.

How to get there from the Grand Daddy Hotel:

MiCiti bus will be heading that way soon but for the time being hop on the City Site Seeing bus, take a metered taxi or if you are feeling a little more adventurous try being ‘a local’ and take a mini bus taxi.

Lions Head

This walk is rather more strenuous (toddler and granny will need to sit this one out) and the walk to the summit should take approximately an hour and thirty minutes. Along the path you will find a series of chains and ladders to assist you as you scramble up a particularly steep section of rocky faces. Once at the top you will have a stunning 360 degree view across Cape Town the Atlantic Seaboard and Robben Island.

How to get there from the Grand Daddy Hotel:

Metered taxi is the only public transport or better still arrange for guided hike and get them to collect you at the hotel and bring you back.

The Pipe Track

This Track starts at Kloofnek and follows a trail along the Twelve Apostle section of Table Mountain. Enjoy stunning views of the ocean and Lions Head. It offers many fabulous spots to watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

How to get there from the Grand Daddy Hotel:

Take a metered taxi to Kloofnek Road

Muizenburg to Kalk Bay

The walk starts at surfer’s corner and follows the coastline to the little beach of St James with its colourful changing huts and beautiful tidal pool – approx. 2 kms. Walk from the beach, under the railway line, up onto the road and carry on towards Kalk Bay (another 2kms or so). There are a number of cafes along the road to stop for refreshments or alternatively you can walk back to Muizenburg and grab a bite at one of the many cafes along the Main Road or beach front. There are also many historic buildings to have a nosy around.  

How to get there from the Grand Daddy Hotel:

Take a metered taxi or a much cheaper and more enjoyable option is to hop on a train at Cape Town Station.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

There are hundreds of walks one can do from Kirstenbosch botanical gardens from quiet strolls around the lawns, to explorations of all corners of the garden and the mountain beyond. Every season there is something to see. Have a nosy around the nursery or the glass house, bring a picnic or enjoy tea at the Tea Room, find Lady Anne Barnard’s bath or check out the new sculptures on display.

How to get there from the Grand Daddy Hotel:

Kirstenbosch Gardens is one of the stops on the blue route of the City Site Seeing bus or you can take a metered taxi.


  • Even though the weather is nice and sunny always take a sweater with you just in case.
  • That African sun can still burn so use sunscreen.
  • Always let someone know where you are going.
  • Do not walk alone or after dark unless in a big group

Maps and information on all these walks is available at the Front desk and we would be happy to pack a delicious picnic for you to enjoy. Orders must be placed before 5pm the day before.

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